Welcome to our library!

The library is staffed by a qualified librarian, Caroline, 4 days a week. We have about 8,000 books, 2/3 of which are fiction, all of which are available to borrow. Most students have an opportunity to choose a book once a week when visiting with their class, but they can also pop in any time Caroline is there. If you would like your child to bring more reading books home, or something on a particular theme, just get in touch!

There are no late fees but please do return the books when your child has finished with them.

Library News

Summer 24

Autism Awareness Week

The aim of this week is to raise awareness on autism and neurodiversity. It also aims to allow students to develop better understanding of themselves to accept their differences, strengths and difficulties.

Pleasingly, a lot of the library’s titles by and about autistic and neurodiverse people are on loan at the moment, but there are enough left to keep the display topped up!

Spring 24

Ramadan 2024

As Ramadan begins today, I’ve pulled out some of my favourite books about Islam, Ramadan, and Eid to display.

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 8 March at Charlton Park Academy. We are encourage our students to wear their favourite pajamas or dress up as a character from one of their favourite books.

We will have a special guest storyteller coming in on the Friday and she will be seeing classes in the library from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

There will be free book stalls on Monday 4 and Wednesday 6 March run by the book club and work experience students so make sure you come along and choose a new great book to read.

There will be some great activities for classes to do during the week as well.

We look forward to seeing lots of colourful pjs and some of your favourite book characters around the school!



LGBT+ History Month

These were published in the last 2 years, all since I wrote a blog post for CENMAC with some recommendations for the month so have a look for some more ideas (and I’ve loads more in the library):

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Month in books – CENMAC

Numbers Day

A few of the counting books that we have in the library, but our very favourite is ‘How to Count to One’ by Caspar Salmon and Matt Hunt, which has been making lots of classes giggle!

National Storytelling Week 23

It is National Storytelling Week this week, a perfect theme for our very first Book Group meeting. We talked about how to decide what to read and what the best way to tell a story is, looked at some of our librarians favourites to read aloud, and then finished with some demonstrations from members. It was great fun!

Read Caroline’s Tips for National Storytelling Week.

Autumn 23

Christmas Books 23

The Christmas books have burst out of their box and onto my displays, they couldn’t wait until the 11th!

Hanukkah Books 23

Some books we have been looking at for this year’s Hanukkah.

Anti-Bullying Week, 13/11/23 – 17/11/23

This week we have been looking at books to do with anti-bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week 2023 is coordinated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year it has the theme ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’ and will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. The week will be kicked off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

Find out more information about it here.

Diwali 2023

This Diwali we have been looking at these two great books about the “festival of lights”.

Remembrance Day 2023

The library has been acknowledging 2023’s Remembrance Day by looking at these books. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of wearing a remembrance poppy) is a Memorial Day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War in 1919 to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.

Zones of Regulation Booklist 22-23

Download Zones Of Regulation Booklist 22 23

Black History Month

Black History Month 2023 is a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society. Here at CPA we have been taking the opportunity to look at some books that celebrate Black culture. Here are a few of them.

Summer 23

A selection of books about Windrush on display in the CPA Library
A selection of books about Windrush in the CPA Library

Windrush 75

In 1948 the ship HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury docks with more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean.

The 22nd June 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of this historic landing. Windrush Day has become a key symbolic moment in the story of the Black British contribution to modern Britain.

We’ve got a great selection of books about Windrush in the library so come and take a look.

To learn more about Windrush download History Topic of the Month from Pearson.

Download the Windrush poster for the classroom wall.


Pride Month

Here are some of the books we have been looking at for this year’s Pride Month.

Can you please say huge thanks to Paul from Andersen Press for giving me permission to use some pages from Harry woodgate’s ‘Grandad’s Pride’ on the display. ‘ABC Pride’ is by Dr Elly Barnes and Louie Stowell, illustrated by Amy Phelps. ‘Jamie’ is by L.D. Lapinski  with a cover illustration by Harry Woodgate, and published by Hachette Kids.

African Tales

We’ve got a great selection of the African tales and information books that are being shared around the school for arts week. CPA Librarian Caroline will be reading African tales all week.

Celebrating Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our Planet.

Here are some books that we have been looking at in the library.

We're supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week March 13 - 19 2023
A display of books in the CPA library celebrating neurodiversity
Siena Castellon and her book The Spectrum Girls Survival Guide

Spring 2023

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place from 13 March to 19 March and is a worldwide initiative which began in 2018. It was founded by Siena Castellon, an autistic teenager with ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Siena had a desire to change the way that learning differences are thought about.

To help celebrate there is a new display in the library so come and take a look! Some of the books on display include:

The Ice-Cream Sundae Guide to Autism: An Interactive Kids’ Book for Understanding Autism by Debby Elley
The Infinite by Patience Agbabi
Ways to Be Me: The third powerful story of autism, empathy and kindness by Libby Scott and Rebecca WestCott
Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown by Sarah Naish
Charlie Star by Terry Milne
A Different Sort of Normal by Elle McNicoll
Frankie’s World: A Graphic Novel by Aoife Dooley

There are many other interesting books to look out for including:
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
Leo and the Octopus by Isable Marinov
Pablo at the Zoo by Pablo
The Spectrum Girls Survival Guide by Sienna Castellon
Amazing Me, Amazing You by Christine McGuinness

There are lots of great activities to get involved with. You can find out more about  Neurodiversity Celebration Week here.

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